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Becoming Agile: ... in an imperfect world by Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky

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Chapter 5. The importance of obtaining executive support

The importance of obtaining executive support

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Those of you with significant business experience know that nothing great was ever achieved without executive support. This is not true because of executive team impact; rather, it's true because executives will stop any initiative they have not endorsed. They will want details, justification, meetings, and more meetings if they are caught by surprise on a major initiative—and a migration to agile would be considered a major initiative in most companies.

If you surprise the executive team, they may still let you ...

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